Friday, April 24, 2015

April 24, 2015 | 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

This is an incredibly important issue to me and my family as I am Armenian. For anyone who knows about this ugly mar in history, they know how many American Armenians were impacted, how many family members were lost and/or orphaned, and they know how inherently strong the Armenians are as a culture. While I am not the most active of my family members across Armenian orgs/causes, I do have a deep appreciation and understanding of what my ancestors (both grandmothers) went through in the early 1900s and thank them each day for the strength they've instilled in me over the years. #ArmenianGenocide100 #TurkeyFailed

Sunday, July 20, 2014

"America" the movie: an outstanding portrayal of the American idea...

...and a theme that has a lot to do with why I inherently rejected much of the progressive reading impressed upon me as an undergraduate by my sociology / anthropology professors. All lovely academics but in so many ways misguided even by my immature, collegiate standards at the time.

Lucky for me, graduate school and an English degree followed.

Last night, I dragged my 12-year old daughter (who stalled all the way out the door) and my husband (who isn't generally an avid movie goer) to see Dinesh D'Souza's America. If you haven't seen it yet, go!

What this movie did for me was reaffirm why I rejected so much of the "required" reading pushed on me during college such as Howard Zinn (People's History of the United States), Karl Marx, among others. Of course, I read the required reading, I had to. How else would I get a decent grade and graduate?! I just didn't understand as I read them why anyone would prescribe to actually like, follow and align with ideology that felt so oppressive to me.

Shame, Communism, Imperialism, plundering and conquest. None of these attributes or governing structures felt morally right or were better ideas than America had enlisted as her doctrine through the Founding Fathers, regardless of her or their imperfections. Let's remember, I was only 19 and 20 at the time, and an easy target. But apparently not so malleable. I suppose my inability to fully succumb to their teachings, is why my professors ultimately treated me more like a "nice to have" but not a "must have" pupil.

While I realize "America" is just one movie, it's a thoughtful movie with a clear vision and logic that are easily understood. I wish every kid in America with the ability to comprehend the impact and consequences of history would go see this movie. After the movie, strangers approached me to discuss the theme and merits, something that almost never happens at a movie theater. This movie is different.

If you still haven't seen America, I suggest you pack up the family and head to the theater. It's a great way to beat the summer heat, learn about some significant historical facts you may not have been taught in school (and that your kids aren't being taught today), and understand why so many worldwide continue to believe that the American idea is libertarian genius, and that without her we'd be a very different nation — and not in a good way.

Watch the trailer:

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Mitt Romney was Right, Charles Krauthammer is Right!

I'd even go further to say that Romney, in many ways, was prophetic during foreign policy debates on the Middle East. 

Hmm...not hearing many Liberal Democrats saying much now. In fact many of them are running from President Obama and photo ops as he sails in on Air Force One to raise big bucks for Democrat candidates.

While some liberal Dems continue to remain dumbfounded, even trying to somehow justify the humanitarian crisis on Southern Border (or "humanitarian situation" as the Obama admin. would prefer us to call it) as the fault of Republicans, I'd just like to say:


The cocktail party discussions focused on whether the Obama admin. has been good for America or not are simply ludicrous banter at this point in time. I predict without hesitation that Obama will go down as one of the worst and most destructive presidents the United States has every experienced in its history. The collective sigh of relief when this presidents steps out of office can't come soon enough. 

As hard as I know it is for many liberals to chew on: Mitt was Right! Charles Krauthammer is Right!

I am at a lovely dinner with some less conservative friends. Not sure how the conversation came up but one of the friends at the table was flabbergasted that I actually watch Fox News Channel (which I must disclose I have watched for years) asking me with surprise in her voice: Do you really watch Fox???? I just sighed and explained as a PR professional that I do watch all of the news networks. But then, I could not stop myself, I continued. It's just that these other networks aren't covering the Southern Border or ME or other White House crises as they should be, I said. The only station giving the current D.C.-fueled crises and scandals the factual attention Americans should mandate is Fox News. 

Suffice it to say, the table got quiet. The conversation quickly changed but before it did...

...I unabashedly told my friends (while also acknowledging in my head how lucky we were to be having this discussion in a safe, secure restaurant in U.S. sipping on wine and dining on wonderful food and not in a filthy detention building in Texas on Southern Border or being bombed by known Hamas  and Iranian terrorists): YES, I DO WATCH FOX NEWS CHANNEL because it's the only news network with the journalistic balls to share the facts, whether we as Americans can stand to see and/or hear them or not!

Once settled down, I quietly collected my thoughts, sipped on more wine and thought to myself: until main stream media-bias changes, I will continue to turn the channel to other networks from time to time for information and perspective, but will make sure to watch them much like Charles Krauthammer...with a reverse tint. 

Saturday, May 24, 2014

How six months flies when you are having fun...

Time does fly when you are fully immersed in campaigning fun and havoc.

I can't say the last few months ended the way I had dreamed with my Congressional candidate Bob Fuehr moving into the general election against Democrat Doug Owens. But, what I can say, is that "Team Bob" ran an exceptional race — kept it classy from beginning to end — despite being the underdog.

We knew a Primary against our opponent would be very difficult, we were never in denial about that. But, we had some significant momentum down the stretch despite the obstacles. And, as only a first-rate guy like Bob would do, he thanked and backed his opponent immediately despite the sadness we as a team all felt about not moving to a Primary.

Having now thoroughly licked my wounds and continuing to talk with Team Bob on a regular basis, I can say I don't regret even a single minute of the last several months. And, I'd do it all over again if the chance ever arose.

I've told a few in Utah politics and a few outside of Utah too that I only support political candidates I truly like and respect even if I am not in agreement on all issues. So far, I've been lucky to work with only the best and the brightest. Thank you Bob Fuehr and to the rest of the team, and I know you know who you are!

What I've come to realize is that world of politics can be hard to swallow and even outright dirty at times. So, if your heart and mind aren't aligned with a candidate you believe in, you will likely get burned. So far, despite the losses (and a few wins too), I've been able to walk away proud of my team, a little more humbled, and always more knowledgeable. For a 18+ year communications / PR professional those takeaways are not only critical but necessary for future survival regardless of whether the project or client is political or not.

After six months of Elephant Under Glass going online dark, I suppose what this blog post boils down to is my full realization that politics, in all of its fast and furious glory and craziness, has made PR fun and even more applicable again for me. For this, I am grateful no matter the outcome of the race.

Even still, my competitive inner voice continues to scream: The next win better be MINE!